Jeff Sexton

Friday, December 30, 2016

St Raphael

The Capture of Father Christmas




Christmas 1897...

Eno's Fruit Salt

A Natural Remedy

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wire Cockatiel

I made a wire cockatiel.

It was harder than I thought it would be to make. It's tricky to make it all stay together. 

The wire is aluminum. It comes in a variety of colors and is easy to bend.

Little Willie's Toys

Little Willie's Toys
Christmas Morning Tragedy

Mellin's Food

Mellin's Food
For Infants and Invalids

Porto Sandeman

Porto Sandaman

Monkey Brand

Monkey Brand Soap
For Making Bicycles Look Like New

Sunday, November 20, 2016


I dyed some plain wooden beads with food coloring for DIY bird toys for the cockatiels. It helps to boil them a little, then soak them overnight.

I think they'll be a hit!

Monday, November 07, 2016

DIY Bird Perch

Here's another cheap and easy bird toy project. For this one we bought a long piece of PVC, 1/2 inch, and an assortment of connectors. I cut the pipe into pieces ranging in 2 to 8 inches, washed everything, added some sisal and then assembled a quick perch. It's all friction fit so it can be easily rearranged and added onto anytime.

This is great for a tabletop play area, and for learning new stunts. I almost wish the PCV was just a little smaller, but they manage to grip it.

Don't tell them how easy this was to make.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Bird Toys

You don't have to spend a lot of money on toys for cockatiels. It only took me about an hour to make this out of stuff that was already around the house. It's all natural sisal rope and clean pieces of fir, safe for birds, no fasteners.

Those birds need a lot of entertainment!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Apollo 11 Plaque

Here's an unusual item... In the '60s and early '70s, stainless steel plaques were made and attached to the ladders on Apollo lunar landers. They were left permanently on the Moon, on the landers' descent stages. My Grandfather knew the man that did the original engraving for the Apollo 11 plaque. He made, from the original, a number of acid etchings, like circuit boards.  
This is one of them. It is a thin piece of plastic with the details of the plaque, in copper. It is made from the same reverse engraving as the actual plaque, left on the Moon in 1969.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Pocher Update

I will be painting the body parts, but to get them ready requires extensive alterations. Here, for example, is the front end. I have nearly finished shaping, carving, filing and sanding the left side to fit. The right side shows how the fender is, untouched out of the box.

Many more photos and the background of this project are here:

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pocher Update

First, here are a couple images of the completed rear end assembly.

With the rear end mounted to the frame, it's looking like a car.

As I expected the rear brakes come closer to working. The calipers can be moved via the brake pedal. The front ones move, if you give the linkage a little help. And actually, from what I have read, that's pretty good.
With the addition of the exhaust system, the chassis is complete. The next step is the madness that is the wire wheels. All the spokes on this one are real and individually assembled in three layers. There's two spares so that's six wheels. It may take as long as the rest of the car has so far to get them done.

I should try to take a better picture of the bottom. It's hard to hold it, and the phone, together.
This is the beginning of one layer of spokes.
There it is, countless hours later, one completed wheel.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Google Photos Updated

Google Photos, on Android, had an odd bug. When in the Albums view, a search using the exact name of an album would sometimes search using image recognition and return many individual photos, and sometimes it would go directly to the album of that name. I never did find a pattern to it, but simply trying a couple times would get me to the album I wanted.

In the new update, as far as I can tell, they "fixed" the problem and now searches always use the image recognition method in all cases when it can. So... It's now no longer possible to find many albums, even exact names, if the name triggers the image recognition method. I can find albums with more unusual names though, if I know the exact names. For example I put numbers for dates in some album names.

I have read comments from some that "albums" are not a useful concept anymore. And that the search should do the job. I see the point, and that would be cool, but I have a few objections.

1) Object, person and place recognition, good as it is, isn't good enough so far - my watch pictures show up all over in some bizarre classifications.
2) Locations and dates are frequently wrong. Google provides no way to help the search out with meta data edits, tags or keywords.
3) Albums are a unit of permission when sharing photos.
4) No matter how good the search ever gets (and I expect it to get increasingly brilliant), it can simply never know my exact motives for grouping a particular set of photos and wanting to do something with that set later.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


I didn't take any photos of the front leaf springs, so here are the rear ones, freshly made today. These are for my 1/8th scale  Pocher   Alfa Romeo  project. All individual steel springs, real nuts and bolts. They will get primed and painted shortly.

More here:

Monday, March 28, 2016

Pocher Alfa Update

These photos show the latest work on this 1/8th scale Alfa Romeo.

The front axle was a huge pain. The toe-in of the front wheel on the car is *way* too much. Getting this adjusted involves a careless bent on both sides that is very tricky, and can only be done once without almost certainly breaking the metal parts.

I go one side really. But the other is still angled more than I'd like. I don't think it will be too obvious though.

One of many problems with Pocher kits "out of the box" is that the car is too heavy for the solid plastic leaf springs provided. They just bottom out. Most people support the car with stands when displayed. And I am mostly building this kit "as is" for the most part, without a lot of customization. But since this is a functional issue I am using steel springs.
That's the breaks.
Here, the front end mechanical details are all installed. This includes brakes, suspension and steering. The steering and suspension work well. The front brakes on these cars are notorious however. Mine come really close to being functional. I added and modified a few parts to eliminate the play in the system that usually is the main issue.
The linkage from the pedal to the pads all works now. I think once the rear brakes are in, and everything to adjusted, I stand a good chance of everything at least moving when the pedal is depressed.

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